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Director of Finance & Administration

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Commensurate with qualifications
Posted Date
Nov 29, 2022

Director of Finance & Administration

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit
The UNC School of Medicine has a rich tradition of excellence and care. Our mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of North Carolinians, and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research. We strive to promote faculty, staff, and learner development in a diverse, respectful environment where our colleagues demonstrate professionalism, enhance learning, and create personal and professional sustainability. We optimize our partnership with the UNC Health System through close collaboration and commitment to service.

Our vision is to be the nation’s leading public school of medicine. We are ranked 2nd in primary care education among all US schools of medicine and 5th among public peers in NIH research funding. Our Allied Health Department is home to five top-ranked divisions, and we are home to 18 top-ranked clinical and basic science departments in NIH research funding.

Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of North Carolinians and others whom we serve. We accomplish this by providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education, and research.
Patient Care: We will promote health and provide superb clinical care while maintaining our strong tradition of reaching underserved populations and reducing health disparities across North Carolina and beyond.
Education: We will prepare tomorrow’s health care professionals and biomedical researchers by facilitating learning within innovative curricula and team-oriented interprofessional education. We will cultivate outstanding teaching and research faculty, and we will recruit outstanding students and trainees from highly diverse backgrounds to create a socially responsible, highly skilled workforce.
Research: We will develop and support a rich array of outstanding health sciences research programs, centers, and resources. We will provide infrastructure and opportunities for collaboration among disciplines throughout and beyond our University to support outstanding research. We will foster programs in the areas of basic, translational, mechanistic, and population research.

Position Summary
The Director of Finance and Administration (Research Academic Department Administrator, RADA) in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics partners with the Chair to develop a strategic vision to lead the Department to stellar performance in all missions: teaching, research, and service to the State and ensures departmental resource allocation in support of strategic priorities. This position is responsible for the implementation of systems and initiatives influencing financial planning and management, operations management, human resource management, sponsored research management, information systems design and delivery, strategic leadership and governance, and professional and ethical responsibilities on behalf of the Chair of the Department. These activities are very complex, demanding and very detailed. The Director assumes substantial independent senior administrative authority in the Chair’s Office for leadership and innovative direction for the Department’s policy development and implementation of systems and initiatives to attain goals. This position reports directly to the Chair and acts as the primary designee representing the department in committees and other campus meetings as needed. This position has direct oversight for the work of 5 positions. Total revenue for the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is $12.97M dollars (Contracts and Grants, State Appropriated Funds, Overhead, Gifts and Endowments).

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Minimum qualifications of an advanced degree, masters or higher (or foreign degree equivalent), and no less than 5 to 7 years of management-level experience in the full range of administrative and financial functions of an academic department or research center in a higher education, research, or health care setting. Candidates with 7 to 10 years of directly comparable experience may substitute for the required advanced degree in which case a bachelor’s degree (or foreign degree equivalent) and the requisite experience is mandatory.

Required Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
The successful Director will be an experienced, intuitive, creative, and dynamic leader with superior interpersonal and problem-solving skills. S/he will have well-developed attributes of professionalism, leadership, communication, presentation abilities, superior organizational skills, as well as analytic expertise. Critical skills and knowledge required are focused but not limited to the following areas: financial management, operational leadership, human resource management, program development and growth, strategic planning, customer service, faculty recruitment, and presentation skills.

Candidates must have the ability to work independently and have strong organizational and administrative skills. Experience with budget management required. Must be able to understand, interpret, and apply applicable policies and procedures. Must possess superior verbal and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal behaviors, and the capacity to inspire confidence in his or her reasoning and decision-making. Must have advanced knowledge of Excel. Knowledge of public and private granting agencies, and strong organizational and interpersonal skills are also required.

Preferred Qualifications, Competencies, and Experience
Knowledge and experience with NIH grants and the UNC system regulations also preferred. Experience with PeopleSoft and Infoporte a plus. Experience in grant preparation and review, short-term and long-term planning, project coordination, and personnel supervision preferred.

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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.


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